Andrea is sedated now with pain medication, but when she is not she communicates well to her sister. Lanore said the last time Andrea was awake Lanore read her lips and Andrea said, "I miss you."
I asked Lanore why she thinks the Doctors decided that Andrea should be taken off life support. She said "You know Anrdea has many friends and is part of about a dozen online crochet groups. She loves crafts. But to someone who downhill skis I suppose that doesn't look too exciting. I think the Doctors think her life sucks."
It all comes down to that in life issues, doesn't it? One person decides another person's life "sucks." And that is that. Is this what we are coming to? Stand up for the value of life. Call St. Luke and let them know how you feel.
The number is 832-355-1000
As her sister suggests, the value of Andrea's life, and the life of all humans, is independent of their capabilities. I've spoken with the family and they are horrified about what is happening to Andrea and many others like her in Texas. Up until this point, they would have never believed the healthcare system they trusted could be capable of such action.
You see, Andrea needs help breathing but has not lost her cognitive abilities. She has insurance and wants to live. On Sunday, doctors plan to end her medical treatment and, consequently, her life.